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The Drowsy Chaperone at the Edinburgh Festival

Tue 12th to Sun 17th August 2014

Paradise in Augustine's: The Sanctuary
Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh EH1 1EL

Performances daily at 4.30pm

Director: Jonny Clines
Musical director: Sam Fisher
Choreographer: Kim Findlay

Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar | Music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison

Read the Broadway World review of our Edinburgh production
Read the Broadway Baby review of our Edinburgh production

Hot on the heels of our London production, Cygnet Players bring you the brilliantly funny 'show within a show', The Drowsy Chaperone.

Do you need a jolt of fun and energy to distract you from everyday life? Well, Cygnet Players have just the thing! Join the ‘man in chair’ for this show within a show, and transport yourself back to the world of a 1920s musical, crammed full of every cliché, gag and gimmick from the golden age of theatre. A world of showgirl starlets, gangsters, mistaken identity, a tipsy chaperone... and what musical would be complete without a wedding... or two?! As the show’s main character so appropriately describes it, this show is the perfect antidote to “the dreary horrors of the real world” – and guarantees you a night of light-hearted entertainment and laughter!

Synopsis

The show revolves around one musical theatre fan’s obsession with a fictional show from the 1920s - ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’. As he listens to the recording, the characters come to life in his apartment. This is the story of a Broadway actress, Janet Van De Graaff, who wants to marry the debonair Robert Martin and give up her stage career. Janet’s producer, Mr. Feldzieg, must stop the wedding because if she quits show business, he'll lose his job! Further, gangsters threaten Mr. Feldzieg since if Janet quits, they lose their investment.

Read the fantastic reviews from our London production

'Quality theatre at its best' (Sardines).

'This production is one of the best non-professional productions I have ever seen!’ (NODA).

Read the full NODA review

Read the full independent review of the show on the Sardines Magazine website

Cast

Man in Chair - Stuart Burrows
Robert Martin
- Jaco Norval
Janet Van De Graaff - Charlotte Donald
The Chaperone - Sabi Perez
Aldolpho - Adam Walker
George - Nicholas Dore
Feldzieg - Will Prescott
Kitty - Sarah Lalin
Mrs Tottendale - Sue Lockett
Underling - Jon Bradley
Trix - Sarah Norton
Gangsters - Nathan Benson & Liam Walls
Superintendent - Richard Critchlow
Ensemble - Natalie Cave, Charlotte Critchlow, Sally Lewis, Deborah Lowe, Nicky Radford

Our Supporters

This production has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the following people:

Martin Wilcox
Karen and Tim Norton
Jane Saunders
Robert Dufton
Trish Smith
John Reeve
Jonathan and Rebecca Barclay
John and Ann Bartlett
Pat and Pete Burrows
Alan and Jan Reiss
Richard and Charlotte Critchlow
Richard Roberts and Jeffrey Raggett
Dawn Smith
Magda De Jager
Kim Findlay
Mark Smith
Alison Walters
Neil Young
Steven Whyte
Phil Bedwell
Steve Doughty
Cath Brookes
Helen Shorrock
Walter Ruden
Katy Goddard
Nicola Savage
Fran Hughes
Andrew Thompson
Douglas Bell
Humphrey Waterhouse
Natalie Grover
Helen Morris
Nancy Reeve
Nicole Rush
Rosemary Clines
Alison Clarke
Steve Doughty